March 5, 2001

IBM couples hardware and software to deliver Linux solutions

Author: JT Smith

Katherine Gill writes "

IBM today announced a special offer for small businesses that combines IBM's key middleware and hardware for an industry-leading Linux* solution.

Through IBM's online store ( or via telephone (1-888-shop-ibm keycode 7609), small businesses can now save 10 percent when purchasing the IBM Small Business Suite for Linux with the IBM eServer xSeries**. This offer gives small businesses three server configurations to choose from, ranging from entry level to high-performance, as they prepare to launch an e-business.

According to IDC, small businesses represent 48 percent of all Linux server installations.

This solution features IBM's leading software and hardware offerings for Linux. The Small Business Suite for Linux includes DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere Application Server and Lotus Domino. The Suite is bundled together to deliver the tools necessary to help customers with messaging and collaboration, productivity, Web site creation and design, and data management.

IBM also includes a fully integrated install program that allows customers to deploy, quickly and easily, the key software featured in the Suite on both servers and desktops.

The eServer xSeries is IBM's line of Intel-based servers that enable customers to confidently run their e-businesses. The xSeries leverages IBM?s X-Architecture leadership to provide highly scalable and reliable servers, which incorporate the latest mainframe technologies at the right price for customers of all sizes.

Pricing and Availability

This offer is available today from ShopIBM or by dialing 1-888-shop-ibm (keycode 7609) for small businesses with up to 100 users and combines IBM's Small Business Suite for Linux v.1.6 with three different models of the xSeries server at a 10 percent discount (US list price):

The Entry System (IBM Small Business Suite for Linux with the xSeries 200) is listed at $1,549;
The Value System (IBM Small Business Suite for Linux with the xSeries 220) is listed at $3,869; and the
Performance System (IBM Small Business Suite for Linux with the xSeries 220 running on 933 MHz Intel Pentium III processor) is listed at $7,089.

Each of the xSeries configurations offered are preloaded with Caldera's OpenLinux eServer 2.3 operating system.

Companies may license the Small Business Suite for Linux for a maximum of 100 registered users per organization. User licenses are sold separately for $90 per user and include a license for browser based access to any server component for Linux desktops and a license for native Lotus Notes and DB2 clients for Windows desktops. The IBM Suites Installer and desktop software is available translated in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. IBM?s Small Business Suite for Linux won best-of-show honors at this year?s LinuxWorld in New York. The fastest way to get more information about this promotion is by visiting:

Alise McNeill
IBM Corporation

*Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.
**The IBM e-business logo, xSeries, iSeries and zSeries are all trademarks of IBM Corporation. All others are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies."

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